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UNC Men's Basketball Bio
44 Tyler Zeller
Zeller Zeller 816815
Scored 103 points in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the second-highest scoring output by a Tar Heel in a four-game NCAA Tournament behind only Charles Scott, who totaled 105 points in 1969 • First Tar Heel to score 20 or more points in four straight NCAA games since Donald Williams in 1993 • Averaged 25.8 points and 8.8 rebounds and had six assists, eight blocks and five steals in the NCAA Tournament • Made 35 for 59 (.593) from the floor and 33 for 39 (.846) from the line • First time in his career he scored 20 or more points in four consecutive games • Led UNC in scoring in each of the four NCAA games • Selected to the East Regional all-tournament team.

One of five players selected to CoSIDA's 2011 Capitol One Academic All-America first team • The first Tar Heel to earn first-team Academic All-America honors since Eric Montross in 1994 • Won the 2011 Skip Prosser Award as the ACC's top scholar-athlete in men's basketball • Named to the ACC's All-Academic team for the third year in a row.

Carolina's leading active scorer with 880 points in 79 games (11.1 ppg) • Shooting 53.4 percent from the floor and 75.3 from the line • Played on the 2009 national championship team as a freshman.

Led the ACC in field goal percentage in all games (.547) and ACC games (.580) • Carolina's defensive player of the game a team-high 11 times • Averaged 15.7 points per game, tied with Harrison Barnes for the team lead (Zeller scored 581 points in 37 games, Barnes 580) • Scored in double figures in 32 of 37 games, including 17 of the last 18 games • Carolina's second-leading rebounder (7.2) and shot blocker (45) and is third in steals (27) • Led the Tar Heels in scoring 15 times • Led the Tar Heels in free throws made (161) and free throws attempted (211) and free throw percentage (.763) • Made 19 more free throws than any other UNC player attempted.

Earned first-team All-ACC Tournament honors • Averaged 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds, made 16 of 31 shots from the floor and 9 of 12 free throws in the three games in Greensboro • Hit the tying and winning shots against Miami and the tying basket against Clemson • Had three blocks against Duke.

2010-11 NCAA Tournament Highlights: Led Carolina in scoring for the fourth straight game with 21 points and added nine rebounds and four blocks in regional final vs. Kentucky • Scored UNC's last four points, including both ends of a one-and-one to tie the game at 67 and a tip-in with 1:52 to play to pull within a point • Led all scorers for the third game in a row with 27 points and added 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals in Sweet 16 win over Marquette • The four assists were a career high and he tied his career best with seven offensive boards and the three thefts • Led all scorers with 23 points and was UNC's top defender in win over Washington • Scored a career-high 32 points and added nine rebounds and three blocks against LIU • Tied the sixth-most points by a Tar Heel in an NCAA Tournament game (most since Tyler Hansbrough's 33 against Michigan State in 2007) • Went 9 of 14 from the floor and 14 of 19 from the line • The 14 free throws equal the second-most by a Tar Heel in an NCAA Tournament game (with Tommy Kearns in 1957 and Tyler Hansbrough in 2007) and the 19 attempts equal the most in UNC's NCAA history (with Kearns) • Scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half (from 15:18 to 7:39, he scored 14 of UNC's 18 points).

2010-11 ACC Tournament Highlights: Scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half including a jump hook with 29 seconds to play in regulation that tied the game at 73-all in UNC's ACC semifinal win over Clemson • Second straight game he hit the tying basket with less than a minute to play • Scored UNC's last four field goals of the game including the game-winner with no time left to play in 61-59 win over Miami in the ACC quarterfinal • Jump hook with 43 seconds to play tied the game at 59, the first tie since it was 20-20, then took a pass from Kendall Marshall and laid it in for the winning hoop.

2010-11 Regular Season Game Highlights: Made 7 of 11 shots from the floor and had 14 points in win over Duke - after the Blue Devils closed to within 60-52, Zeller scored six of UNC's next eight points to increase the lead back to 12 • Established a personal ACC scoring high with 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting against Maryland • Scored 14 first-half points as UNC built a 43-31 advantage • Earned his fourth consecutive defensive player of the game award, led all scorers with 16 points and had nine rebounds in 48-46 win over Boston College • Helped UNC limit BC to just 14 field goals and 26.9 percent shooting from the floor • Was defensive player of the game for the third game in a row, led UNC with 18 points and pulled down nine boards against Wake Forest • Defensive player of the game at Clemson, helping UNC limit the Tigers to 34.4 percent shooting from the floor and 62 points at home • Scored 24 points, grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and was UNC's top defender at Duke • Had 13 points and nine rebounds in the opening half • Went 6 for 7 from the floor and 6 of 6 from the free throw line en route to an ACC season high 18 points and tied his career high with three steals at Boston College • Had 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in home win over Clemson • Had 16 points and nine rebounds against Virginia Tech - bucket with 2:18 to play gave Carolina the lead for good and another basket with 1:01 left gave the Tar Heels a 62-58 lead.

UNC's defensive award winner and leading rebounder (10) against Rutgers • Overcame early second-half foul trouble to record a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds at Evansville.

Led Carolina to a 75-73 win over 10th-ranked Kentucky with a spectacular 27-point, 11-rebound, five block performance • Established then-career highs in points and rebounds, tied his career best in blocks and was UNC's defensive player of the game • Made 8 of 13 shots from the floor and 11 of 12 (10 in a row) from the line • Scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half • Went 10 for 10 from the line in the final 4:19 • The 27 points marked the third time in his last five games he scored 20 or more points, establishing career highs all three times • Had 20 points and 10 rebounds against Vanderbilt and 23 points in win over UNC Asheville • Made the All-Tournament Team at the Puerto Rico Tipoff Classic, averaging 15.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in three games in San Juan.

Was fourth on the team in scoring at 9.3 points per game • Carolina's defensive player of the game seven times, second-most on the team despite missing 10 games • Named to the Academic All-ACC Team for the second time.

Averaged 8.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in 11 games after returning from a foot injury that caused him to miss the first 10 games in ACC play • Blocked a career-high five shots and had seven rebounds in win at UAB • Scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 13 minutes in the win at Mississippi State, but caught an elbow above his right eye with 12:10 to play that sent him to the locker room with a facial laceration and a mild concussion • Received five stitches.

Scored eight of his 13 points in the second half in the win over William and Mary • Twice stole the ball near midcourt and raced in for breakaway dunks, including the game-clinching play with 48 seconds to go that gave UNC a 77-72 lead • Recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in the ACC Tournament against Georgia Tech.

Missed 10 ACC games before returning to action on Feb. 20 at Boston College • Had nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks against the Eagles • Had eight points and two blocks in the win at Wake Forest • Diagnosed on Jan. 14, 2010, with a stress fracture in his third metatarsal in his right foot • Tar Heels went 2-8 in his absence.

Matched his career scoring high with 18 points in the win over Marshall • Made a career-best seven field goals against the Herd, the second time in as many games he made seven field goals • Had 16 points on 7 of 8 shooting from the floor against Texas • Went 6 for 6 from the floor against NC Central • Earned his first defensive player of the game award as a Tar Heel against NC Central • Also won defensive honors against Valparaiso, Rutgers, Kentucky, Albany, Florida State and UAB • Had nine points and two blocks against Syracuse • Had six points and five rebounds in win over Michigan State • Sparked Carolina's second-half rally at Kentucky, scoring six of his 10 points in the half, helping cut a 19-point deficit to three.

Member of the 2009 national champions • Named to All-ACC Academic Basketball Team • Made 17 of 36 shots from the floor and 13 of 17 from the free throw line • Started the first two games he played • Led Carolina with 18 points in his collegiate debut against Penn • Was the first Tar Heel since Tyler Hansbrough (in 2005-06) to lead the team in scoring in his college debut • Had two of UNC's 16 steals against Kentucky • Suffered a broken left wrist in the final minutes the Kentucky game • Underwent surgery on Nov. 19 to repair broken left radius and ulna • Was injured when he was fouled on a breakaway dunk attempt with 1:26 to play • Played in 13 games after returning from a 13-week layoff due to the wrist injury • Began practicing again on Feb. 5 • Returned to action against NC State on Feb. 18 after missing 23 contests • Had two points and three rebounds in eight minutes in his return against NC State • Scored an ACC high eight points against Georgia Tech • Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds in 13 minutes in the NCAA opener against Radford • Hit one free throw in the national title game against Michigan State.

Played for Coach Gene Miiller at Washington High School • Selected Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 2008 • Also won Gatorade Player of the Year honors • Averaged 33.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game as a senior and shot 69 percent from the floor and 82 percent from the free throw line • Led Washington to 2005 and 2008 3-A state titles and four sectional crowns • Scored 43 points in the state finals in the win over Fort Wayne Harding • The 43 points are the most ever scored in any Indiana state title game • Earned Most Valuable Player honors in leading the Indiana high school all-stars to win over the Kentucky all-stars in Indianapolis with 22 points and seven rebounds • McDonald's All-America • Had 15 points, five boards and three blocks in 2008 Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville • Won the three-point contest at the Derby Festival • Was MVP of the 2007 Bob Gibbons Memorial Day Tournament • Averaged 18.3 points and 9.5 rebounds as a junior in leading Washington to the sectional title • Three-time all-conference selection • Won the best post player award at the 2007 NBA Players Top 100 camp • Also played on the tennis team for three years.

Posted a 3.97 GPA and was third in his senior class academically • His older brother was a 2005 McDonald's All-America and played at Notre Dame • His younger brother was also a McDonald's All-America and is a freshman at Indiana • All three brothers earned Indiana's Mr. Basketball honors • Volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Read Across America and the United Way • Born Tyler Paul Zeller on Jan. 17, 1990 in Visalia, Calif. • Son of Steve and Lorri Zeller • His uncle, Al Eberhard, played for four seasons with the NBA's Detroit Pistons • Business administration major.
Position: Forward
Height: 7'0"
Weight: 250
Year: Senior
Hometown: Washington, Ind.
High School: Washington
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